8 Reasons to Attend the Leo Luau at LCICon 2015

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1. Leos and Lions from around the world

Leos and Lions at Convention

At the Leo Luau, you will make friends and connect with Leos and Lions across the globe.

2. Delicious Food

Salmon Dish

[Photo credit flickr: stuart_spivak]

Luau attendees will dine on delicious Hawaiian food including poi, lomi salmon, kalua pork, and haupia.

3. The Polynesian Show

Hawaiian Dancers

[Photo credit Old Lahaina Luau Show]

Feast your eyes on a showcase of dances from throughout the Pacific – including Tahiti, Hawaii, New Zealand and Samoa.

4. Fire Dancers

Fire Dancer Photo

[Photo credit flickr: louis leib]

Bask in the spectacle and glow of the daring Samoan fire knife dance.

5. International President Joe Preston

President Preston

[Photo credit YouTube: LCICon]

Lions International President Preston challenges you to put on your Hawaiian shirt and share a video with the hashtag #LCICon on social media. Stop by the Leo Luau for a chance to meet the International President!

6. Wildlife at the Honolulu Zoo 

Peacock Photo

[Photo credit flickr: madisonberndt]

Who doesn’t love the zoo? Enjoy the lush tropical gardens surrounding the luau and catch a glimpse of the wandering peacocks on the zoo grounds.

7. Great Giveaways

Leo Sunglasses

The sun never sets on a Leo. Leo Luau attendees can stock up on their Leo gear with free Leo Luau sunglasses.

8. The Leo Club Program Department

Team-Surf final

[Clockwise from top left – Natasha, Kerstin, Emily and Cindy]

We may not be as exciting as fire dancers or peacocks, but we’re excited to meet you!

Interested in attending the Leo Luau?  Be sure to select the optional Leo Luau event when you register for convention!

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Sight for Kids is Making an Impact in Kerala

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Mary S. has been closely involved with Sight for Kids (SFK) in Kerala, India, since its launch in this country in 2005. At that time, local Lions clubs who administer and oversee the SFK program began a partnership with Little Flower Hospital & Research Centre as a referral hospital for SFK patients.

On a day-to-day basis, Mary plans teacher trainings and screening camps, purchases spectacles, completes detailed evaluations, and handles billing and correspondence, among other duties. To
date, her efforts have helped to ensure the planning of more than 140 teacher training camps and 400+ school screening camps.

“It is a highly rewarding and satisfying experience to provide vision correction to students whose problem would have remained undetected without for the Sight for Kids programme,” says Mary. “Unfortunately, unilateral blindness is very common in schools due to uncorrected refractive error, squint, and other vision care issues. And amblyopia is prevalent among school students.”

Little Flower hospital is an 800-bed hospital in Little Flower Hospital’s ophthalmology department. The department has a committed interest in prevention of childhood blindness, serving local communities for decades in the town of Angamaly (25km north of Kochi) in Kerala. It is there that Mary serves as assistant administrator, managing the treatment and support for SFK referral patients from nearby low-income public schools.

Since 2005, the SFK Kerala program has screened more than 5.1 million school aged children, referred more than 155,000 for professional exam and provided more than 30,000 children with eyeglasses. Additionally, 27,000 have received treatment at local referral hospitals, including Little Flower Hospital.

Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) and Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Companies (JJVCC) have collaborated to provide eye health education and eye care access to more than 20 million  children since 2002 through Sight for Kids(SFK), a school-based program that mobilizes volunteers to provide eye health education, high quality vision screenings and referral access to professional eye care and treatment, including eyeglasses.

SFK in Kerala is the intersection of Mary’s academic studies and training, as well as her passion to serve young children and their families, such as Ajith from a local district.

Young Ajith was identified through SFK’s outreach to local schools and referred for a professional eye exam. He was diagnosed with having retinal detachment and needed surgery. “His parents were without the means to support surgery, so the Lions club supported the surgery. Now, he is doing well in his studies. At first, his family was in a totally disappointed situation but now they are happy as they could regain the vision of their child,” explains Mary.

“With Lions clubs, we are visiting unrepresented areas as well as repeat visits in alternate years. If not for Sight for Kids, most of the cases would have gone unidentified because of lack of awareness,” says Mary. Together, Lions Clubs, partner facilities such as Little Flower and dedicated staff such as Mary are making a difference and bringing hope to young students and their families in needy areas.

This is the first in an ongoing LCIF blog series on the Sight for Kids program, one of LCIF’s largest and longest running partnership programs helping to provide eye care access to underserved students around the world. Sight for Kids is made possible through the dedicated support of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Companies, its dedicated global employees and Lions club volunteers. Please be sure to subscribe or else visit for ongoing program updates.

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Read the April LION Magazine

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In the April LION Magazine: Where do all of those eyeglasses go? Take a look inside a recycling operation in Olympia, Washington, that has sorted through 1.5 million discarded specs. Also, service groups like the Lions, Rotary and Kiwanis clubs are known for their friendly rivalry. But when they team up for a good cause, there’s nothing they can’t accomplish. See some innovative projects that these joint efforts have accomplished.

Also in this issue:

In the Digital LION, watch a video about the upcoming 98th International Convention in Honolulu, and get special previews of speakers, entertainers, seminars, tours and more; see a vintage message from 1937 in which Lions Clubs founder Melvin Jones encourages members to attend the convention in Chicago; read a story from 2010 describing how Lions in multiple states worked to deter diabetes.

Visit the LION Magazine page to contact editors, view past issues and listen to the audio version of the magazine.

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Celebrate Family and Friends Month

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April is Family and Friends Month, and what better way to spend time with those you care about than by serving together! Consider welcoming family and friends to learn more about your club by planning an open house. Then, invite them along to participate in a service project, such as:

  • organize a community clean-up day at a local park
  • clean a vacant lot or parking lot in your community
  • read to children at local libraries or schools
  • collect food for your local food pantry

The list of possible projects is endless! You can even host a picnic or barbecue after a successful service project to recognize a job well done. This month, show your family and friends what it’s like to be a Lion!

How will your club celebrate Family and Friends Month?

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Preston’s Blog: Special Message to the Lions of Kenya

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Dear Lions of Kenya,

As the people of Kenya look for answers in the senseless attack on Garissa University College and mourn the loss of so many innocent lives, please know your friends and family – the Lions of the world – mourn with you and hold you close in our hearts.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to you, the victims, and their loved ones.

Lions Clubs International stands for peace.  We believe in respect for all.  We believe through humanitarian service we can transform the lives of others.  Through our many service programs and the dedication of our 1.37 million members around the world, we have improved the quality of life for millions of people.

As Lions we are bound together by our motto “We Serve.”  We have transformed the lives of millions of people through selfless acts of kindness.  As honest brokers of peace, goodwill and service, we will never understand the motivation of those who seek to cause pain, and we find ourselves asking “why” in the wake of tragedies such as the attack on Garissa University College.

We stand with you against terrorism, and we suffer the loss of innocent lives.  Our fervent hope is that peace will prevail over hate.

With deepest sympathy,

Joe Preston

President, Lions Clubs International

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